Meet the Board!

Happy Monday!

Every month NE Hands and Voices will feature a member of our Board. Learn from them:

– Tips for navigating life in the world of deaf/hard of hearing

– Facts about Hands and Voices or anything related to a hearing difference

– Favorite Resources

*If you receive emails from NE Hands and Voices you will also receive it there! If you would like to receive emails please email to be added to the list!


Job Opportunities

Guide-By-Your-Side Parent Guide positions available. 

We are looking for the following Parent Guides:

  • Deaf Plus – meaning your child has a hearing difference and additional needs
  • Microtia and/or Atresia
  • A child with a hearing difference who wears hearing aids. 

A Parent Guide must be a parent of a child who is Deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, or deaf with additional needs.  This person will undergo specialized training to provide support to families with children who are Deaf or hard of hearing. 

Questions please contact Shelli Janning

Please find the Position Description and Job Announcement by clicking on the links.  

National Hands & Voices Resources

New Resource: “Engaging in Your Child’s Education at Home”
Audience: Family Leaders, FBOs, and EHDI Program (HRSA-20-047) Recipients

Now more than ever, parents need practical tips for supporting their child’s learning at home. Hands & Voices has responded by creating a Parent Tips Sheet “Engaging in Your Child’s Education at Home.” This tool can also be found on the H&V COVID-19 page and the ASTra Educational Advocacywebsite.
New H&V Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Landing Pages
Audience: Family Leaders, FBOs, and EHDI Program (HRSA-20-047) Recipients

The staff and family of Hands & Voices and the H&V FL3 Center has been looking at how we as individuals and as an organization need to change, respond, and influence systems. We are pleased to introduce you to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) landing pages. 

Now more than ever there are a lot of good resources available, so what makes the H&V landing pages unique? 

You will have the opportunity to meet the new H&V Consultant to support Diversity, Inclusion and Innovations, Rosabel Agbayani.
Gather insight and perspectives from H&V friends out in the world. 
Incorporate our own improvement work and change into working with H&V chapters on systematic changes.
View a special presentation by Michael and Djenne-amal Morris, captioned in English and Spanish

Every person is creative, resourceful and whole, however our world doesn’t always recognize that. As parents, providers and Deaf/hard of hearing adults we know and understand the value in seeing deaf/hard of hearing children as creative, resourceful and whole. We seek to expand that belief to all people. 

This is the beginning. There is more to come -translations into other languages, resources specific to all families with D/hh children and families, work for chapters to explore and more.

We look forward to your insight as well. Drop us a line through the diversity address at the end of the landing pages. — 
New Pediatrics Supplement: “Pragmatics in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children”
Audience: Family Leaders, FBOs, and EHDI Program (HRSA-20-047) Recipients

Pediatrics, Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, has published a supplement focused onPragmatics in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children. The purpose of this collection of papers is to underscore the importance of attending to the development of pragmatic skills in children who are D/HH. Pragmatic skills, including the ability to use language in social contexts and in relationship with others, as well as to understand shared meaning, are critical for development, learning, and well-being. D/HH children have been shown to have delays in pragmatic skills even in the absence of overall language challenges. This supplement includes a variety of articles, each exploring a key aspect of pragmatic development, providing new insights into differences, strengths, and potential areas of vulnerability for D/HH children. Proud of our colleagues who spearheaded the effort and honored to have H&V contributors!